Newsletter November 2011


  • R. Ayazi
    Secretary General

Dear NEREUS-community

We were very pleased to have welcomed you so numerous at our series of events in November. With our NEREUS-exhibition but also when participating actively in EU-policy debates we gained this year a strong visibility in Brussels. However, with the growing involvement at EU-level, a close linkage with the regional level becomes increasingly important. In order to be a convincing and competent interlocutor for regional concerns NEREUS needs to be well connected and embedded in its member regions. Read more




Focus on: NEREUS E-catalogue

The NEREUS E-catalogue has gone online!

The e-catalogue is an interactive database that offers up-to date information as regards space related training and study courses currently available within the NEREUS region.

All NEREUS-regions and Associate Members are invited to insert relevant study and training opportunities filling in the dedicated webform. Read more

The e-catalogue is also accessible via the events&news page.


NEREUS - series of events in Brussels

From 7-9 November 2011 NEREUS organized a series of events in Brussels bringing together its community. The NEREUS Secretariat team would like to thank its members for the active participation!

Visit the event dedicated pages and download the related material.

NEREUS Workshop

General Assembly

Opening of the NEREUS Space Exhibition

DORIS_Net Brokerage event


Current State of Affairs of the NEREUS WG

Next meetings and current activities of the NEREUS WGs
Telecommunication WG
Technologies from Space Exploration WG
Communication, Education and Training (CET) WG

Events and News

At the Toulouse Space Show (TSS), 25-28 June 2012 NEREUS will organize a roundtable debate on Regional Policy with representatives of its member regions. Simultaneously, Midy-Pyrénées region will host the NEREUS Space Exhibition at the Regional Council premises.

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Focus on: NEREUS E-catalogue

As a reference tool for both the general public (e.g. students, academia) but also space professionals (businesses, educational and scientific communities) the database aims at promoting training/study courses across Europe but also to learn more about the state of play and the availability of training and study facilities. The E-catalogue refers to space related study and training opportunities at any level.

The e-catalog offers the opportunity to search according multi-criteria and a map based research with view to single regions. A lexicon with the definition of the acronyms used in the e-catalog is also available. This particular section intends to clarify the complex vocabulary often used by educational institutions in this area.

The project, conceived in 2011, is the product of a fruitful collaboration between CNES (French Space Agency) as an associated member of Midi-Pyrenees region together with ISSAT (Institut au Service du Spatial, des ses Applications et Technologies) and the NEREUS CET (Communication Education Training) working group. You can also, access CNES, ISSAT and NEREUS websites directly by clicking the logos of the organizations situated on the top of the website. On this occasion we would like to thank all the organizations involved for their support and cooperation to realize this project.

Please do not hesitate to contact the secretariat in case you need further information.


Current State of Affairs of the NEREUS WGs


In October 2011, following the EC budget proposal to leave GMES outside the next MFF 2014-2020, the EO/GMES WG compiled a NEREUS-position paper “Provisions for GMES in the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020” which highlighted the extreme relevance of the GMES data and services for regional and local economic growth and territorial management. The position paper addressed all European Institutions and especially the European Commission presenting some examples of regional applications of GMES. Further to this it examines the impact a cancellation or extended delay of GMES might have for various sectors. The authors hold the view that excluding GMES from the MFF and thus the EU-budget might result in a discontinuation of the proram. Several examples presented in the NEREUS position paper were used in a second phase to compile a joint announcement with ASD-EUROSPACE, EARSC and NEREUS which was distributed to the participants of the European Space Conference, 7-9 November in Brussels. The material of the last WG on 13 September 2011 is accessable via the NEREUS-website (pass-word protected area). As a next step the working group has planned a telephone conference mid/end January. The EO/GMES-WG will support efforts to grow the “25-GMES-Uses in NEREUS-Regions” initiative to 50 (operational) Uses.


As expected the EC published on 30 November 2011 its "Communication GMES and its operation (from 2014 onwards)" in which the EC outlines its ideas regarding the future funding and governance of the operational GMES-program. The EO/GMES has been granted €5.8 billion for the period 2014-2020 outside the budgetary framework of the EU (MFF). The EC proposes creating a specific GMES fund, based on the financial contributions of the 27 member states of the EU on the basis of their gross domestic product. An intergovernmental agreement will be needed at the Council, where Germany could lead the ranks of the most reluctant member states. The EC intends to continue to ensure the political supervision and the overall coordination of GMES, on behalf of the 27 member states. Regarding the management of the programme, the EC has proposes to delegate to the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

In the frame of the GMES Initial Operation-Program (GIO) the EC published a work program giving some directions on planned tenders (content/timing/instruments). The program can be downloaded here

Booz&Co on behalf of the European Commission developed a study on the Cost-Benefit Analysis for GMES. The main focus of this study is the assessment of four broad funding options for GMES and its operational services.

"The Socio-Economic Benefits of GMES", report by Christina Giannopapa, European Space Policy Institute, (ESPI).


Following the publication of the brochure “Satellite Navigation applications in the NEREUS Regions” presented in March 2011 on the occasion of the International Conference “Data Flow from Space to Earth” in Venice, the WG is going to work on the question how the development of GNSS applications can contribute to boost innovation dynamics at regional level. In this regard they plan to organize a WS in March 2012. More information on this issue will be shortly online together with a draft annual work program.


On 30 November 2011 the EC published a proposal for a regulation on Galileo/EGNOS 2014 – 2020 “The implementation and exploitation of European satellite navigation systems” outlining its ideas for governance and financial contributions of the Union. According to article 10 of the regulation the EC wishes to earmark the maximum amount allocated by the Union to implement the activities specified in Article 7(1) and (2) shall be EUR [7897] million at current prices for the period from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2020. The means shall guarantee the completion of the EU satellite navigation infrastructure and to ensure the exploitation of the systems until 2020, such as the operations of the space and terrestrial infrastructures, the necessary replenishment/replacement activities, certification procedures, and notably the provision of services. The proposal also recalls that the Union remains the owner of the systems. Therefore the management of the programmes' exploitation should be delegated to the European GNSS Agency while management of the programmes' deployment should be delegated to the European Space Agency. More info.

Telecommunication WG

The next meeting of the NEREUS Telecommunication WG will be held on 18 January 2012 in Toulouse. Save the date!

The next meeting will be the occasion to re-launch the NEREUS Telecom WG which is now leading by Brittany region (chair) and by Mr. Nicolas Chuberre, Thales Alenia Space (co-chair). In mid-November the chair/co-chairs and the NEREUS Secretariat held a phone conference to discuss some ideas, objectives as well as themes of interest that should be develop in the working group. Following the teleconference, the team is currently drafting the Terms of Reference which will be approved on the occasion of the next WG meeting in January.

Technologies from Space Exploration WG

The last meeting of the Technologies from Space exploration WG was held on the occasion of the “European Seminar on Technologies from Space Exploration”, 18-19 October 2011, in Turin. In this occasion, the WG presented its latest work effort, the brochure “Applications of Space exploration Technologies in the NEREUS Regions” which includes examples of both spin-offs from space exploration technologies and exploratoria facilities (space centres). Currently the working group is e developping the project idea “Network of Exploratoria in Europe” which is a laboratory aimed at spreading the understanding of space among the broad public. Apart from that, the WG is now developing new ideas with regard of a FP7 Capacities-Science and Society project. The next WG meeting will be held on 16 December 2011 in Turin/Piedmont reegion at Thales Alenia Space premises.

Communication, Education and Training (CET) WG

The 2011 has been a very intense and productive year for the CET WG. On April 2011, as a result of a fruitful collaboration among the members, the WG published the leaflet “Space Education and Training: examples from NEREUS Regions”, a collection of interesting education opportunities in our member regions. The publication has also been the occasion to promote the NEREUS e-catalogue, the new database on space related study and training courses which is now online! Finally, the WG is currently developing an ERASMUS Intensive Programme project coordinated by Prof. Martin Barstow, Leicester University and with partners in many NEREUS regions.

The next meeting of the WG will be held on 8 December 2011, 11.00-15.00 at the Representation of Bremen in Brussels. The meeting will be focused on the development of the project (contents/partners) and will be also an occasion to welcome the new co-chair of the working group, Prof. Michel Bouquiet, director of postgraduate programmes in Aerospace Communications and Navigation at ISAEE, Toulouse. Prof. Bousquier replaces Ms Malecka Saleman (CNES) who lead the WG since 2010. The NEREUS Secretariat takes this opportunity to thank Ms Saleman for the great support to the WG activities.

Events and News


In the framework of the 2012 edition of the Toulouse Space Show (TSS), the International Conference that every two years gathered the whole European aerospace community but also students and representatives of the civil society, NEREUS will organize a roundtable on Regional Policy with experts from its member regions. On this occasion, the region Midy-Pyrénées, will host the NEREUS Space Exhibition in its premises. The Space Exhibition, which has been presented for the first time on the occasion of the November events in Brussels this year, is a mobile exhibition composed by 24 illustrative posters on operational space applications in our member regions as well as a video on GMES and EGNOS/Galileo applications.


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  • Editor: F. Bordelot
    NEREUS Secretariat




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